Across the US, the 2011 Match offered 23,421 first year and 2,737 second year residency program positions – 95% of which were filled. Those taking the positions include graduates of US allopathic and osteopathic medical schools as well as “off-shore” and international schools. Overall 30,589 individuals applied to the 2011 Residency Match. Slightly more than 94% of graduates of US medical schools matched to a first year residency program (the total being just over 15,558), and 81% of these students matched to one of their top three choices.
At Stanford 91 students participated in the Match… From our perspective, the outcome of this year’s Match was wonderfully successful. Overall, 86% received one of their top three choices (a pattern that has been similar in past years). Approximately 30 of the students will be staying at Stanford for their residency, 9 will move slightly north to UCSF and 8 will make the sojourn to one of the Harvard teaching hospitals. While students will relocate to some 14 states, nearly 80% will be in California, Massachusetts, New York, Washington or Maryland – with the vast majority staying in California.
Pizzo goes on to discuss the most competitive specialty selections, noting that the most frequent choices for residency among Stanford students were internal medicine, radiology, emergency medicine and anesthesia.